I blogged, and it was good...
I rolled off the Fall Creek Falls Olympic into my heaviest training week of the year. Invariably, if you don't tell Liz that such and such is an "A" race, you train right through it. She's really good at keeping the eye on the prize. Your prize. Your goals.
With soccer season in full swing, I have/had three weekends of soccer tournaments in a row, all of which, I am reffing. I needed to move my training schedule around to accommodate a weekend in Auburn, Alabama. Necessity found me back in the pool Monday night. It wasn't so bad. Swimming three days in a row was tiring, but my body handled it. I followed this up with an easy recovery ride on Tuesday, and a short run on Wednesday, in preparation for my half-epic bike training ride on Thursday.
The plan called for four hours. I jiggled some stuff around at work, which allowed me to come in at noon. I hit the road at 7 AM sharp. Pulled my twenty minute intervals with ten minutes rest, and after the second one, found myself 37 miles from home. Not worry, I thought. (can you hear me laughing?) On the way back, my body slowly disintegrated, until at mile 17, I was an amorphous blob of toast. Somehow, I found the energy to finish those last 17 miles. There's only one way to get home, right? I felt sick to my stomach driving home, and wondered if I would make it alive. I did, and it took a full two hours of drinking and eating before I felt normal again.
Friday, I was back in the pool for a long endurance type swim. The pool always feels wonderful on my legs. Then, it was off to Auburn for the tournament. I actually drove down Saturday morning. I stayed at the fields all day and got in a good bit of running. There was a day, long long ago, where I would have worked out on top of my referee-ing. Not so much anymore. After two days of reffing, my legs were really hurting.
Busy, busy, busy... Leading into a recovery week... Booyah! Leading into another soccer tournament (I only have four games all weekend, and most of those are the younger kids).
Good luck to all my peeps racing Iron this weekend! I'll be watching.